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FabCab: A Most Fabulous Timberfame Prefab Cabin

by , 03/26/10

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It’s another prefabulous day, this time with the help of the FabCab, short for “Fabulous Cabin”. This cute timberframe home made its debut at the 2010 Seattle Home Show and is more of a prefabricated kit than a modular house. The timberframe construction is what sets it apart and is sent to the homeowner as a kit of pre-cut parts, which are then erected by a licensed contractor. Built with eco-friendly materials and the same resource efficiency other prefabs, this is a lovely little accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, as all the cool kids are calling it these days.

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The cabins include many eco-friendly materials, like sustainably-harvested Douglas Fir for the exterior and SIPs used for the walls. On the interior, low VOC paints and finishes are used along with water efficient appliances. Solar systems, geothermal heat pumps, green roofs and rainwater collection can easily be added if the homeowner chooses. The model shown at the Seattle Home show included Kirei panels, Flor carpet tiles, Lutron lighting controls, Ramblewood cooktop, Raydoor sliding doors, bamboo flooring, Takagi on-demand hot water heater, Toto bathroom fixtures, Vetrazzo counters, and Yolo paints.

FabCab’s Timberframe line comes in three different sizes to meet whatever needs you may have, whether it’s a whole house, a mother-in-law apartment or even just a studio. The Small unit is 300-450 sq feet and can work well as a studio apartment or extra work space. The Medium unit is 450-600 sq feet with one bedroom, bath and a full living room and kitchen, and finally, the Large unit is 600-800 sq feet and comes with two bedrooms. The Medium unit sells for $85,000 and includes just the materials; permitting, delivery and construction are additional. Keep your eyes peeled for the debut of their new prefabricated line of homes, which will be shown at the Dwell on Design show this summer.

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2 Comments

  1. Aryl Aldred January 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    As a designer and builder in Valparaiso, Indiana I really question the conservative attitudes I will have to deal with until such time as lower income and construction costs force people to consider contempory design over traditional. Personally I all for it as long as we can prove going green reduces cost, saves energy and can be amortized over seven years.

  2. Alan Waltar September 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Wow! This looks fabulous. This well-designed set of options appears ideal for many, many owners seeking comfort on a budget! I sure hope this catches on!!

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